(temporary) Single parenting
My husband is gone for an indefinite amount of time helping those affected by Hurricane Sandy. Whenever he leaves for these types of projects, I get to renew my healthy respect for single parents. My observation from this go-round seems simple and quite obvious, but is quite sobering when it is your reality: when the ________ needs ________, it’s my job. Examples: when the dishes need...
Return to McDonald's
We returned to the same McDonald’s Playplace of which I previously wrote. We gave her the pep talk about pooping in the potty and telling us if she had an accident and not coming down the slide if there is poop in her panties, etc. Well, off she went to play. After about 20 minutes she is now at the top of the play structure and my mommy-sense knew something wasn’t right. I...
Our first day of family vacation (ever)...in...
Number of… …Donuts purchased for breakfast: 5 (+ 2 dozen donut holes) …Minutes past goal time that we actually left: 41 …Errands run before leaving town: 4 …Minutes of driving before the first “Are we there yet?”: 26 …Ounces of orange juice poured into and under the middle row of seats in the van: 12 …threats to end the vacation...
My random life
Conversation at the breakfast table this morning: *bark, bark E: what was that? Me: Little One barking because she wants to come in. E: oh, is that how she barks? Me: yes S: dogs bark but not kitty cats E: yeah, kitty cats meow S: Meeeeee-ooooooowwww, Meeeeee-ooooooowwwww The next five minutes were spent with incessant Meowing coming from both children.
It's December 12
I had an odd experience today. I looked up and it was December 12, the day before my oldest child’s 4th birthday. Now, that in itself isn’t very odd. The odd thing is that it seems like yesterday was Halloween and now its December 12. That would make this the first year in 6 that November 1 has come and gone without me noticing it. November 1, you might think, doesn’t really...
Where does your soul live?
In my line of work, I occasionally take care of patients who have experienced a prolonged period of being without oxygen and are then revived. Often they have some brain damage and even brain death. I have, unfortunately, taken care of more of these in recent months than I usually do. And for some reason, I began thinking the other night, where does the soul live? Does it live in the brain,...
My recipe book - a heritage
I have a friend getting married this coming weekend and we’re giving her some kitchen things so I decided to write down a couple of my recipes for her (I’m not putting what they are in here because she might read this and it could give away part of the gift!) These 2 recipes I make quite a bit and 1 of them I do without a recipe each time but the original recipe came from my mom several years ago....
Oh, McDonald's playplace: the wonders you hold
Disclaimer: If the discussion of poop bothers you, stop reading now. I believe there are times in every parent’s life when they question their parenting methods and possibly even every decision they’ve made as a parent. I had one of those moments today. Let me set the stage. My in-laws - God bless them - are taking the girls for 5 days so we drove east to meet them. We met at a...
Raw, Real Love - on Father's Day
A family that we know adopted 3 little girls a few years back. The girls are now preschoolers. They have a younger sibling who has recently come to no longer live with their biological mother. The safety and permanence of the child’s current living situation is unknown to me at this time and to my friend the last I heard (this is intentionally vague to protect anonymity). I overheard our...
Potty training help needed!
So, our little first-born angel, E.A., is 3 years old. She turned 3 in the middle of December. We have been somewhat potty training since she was about 2. And by “somewhat,” I mean we bought the potty seat (3 of them, in fact), bought the books, talked about “pee-pee” and “poop”, sat her on the potty, occasionally used it for its intended purpose, and...
I rode a horse yesterday. Now, to some of you, that may not seem like much but let me explain. See, my daughter, E.A., takes horseback riding lessons at Cargo Ranch near where we live; well, it’s really more riding, less lesson because of her age, but she is learning about horses and basic control of the horse. (Take a minute to look at their website and see what they’re doing. ...
Oh, do you think he’ll bring me a doughnut with sparkles?– E.A., age 3, upon finding out that her daddy was going to be gone to a meeting this weekend.
Professional children's photographers are worth...
On Friday, we went to have pictures taken of our 2 little girls, E.A. and Sport (some names have been changed to protect the innocent). We use a photographer that we have known for years. She took our engagement pictures 7 years ago. She now lives a 3 1/2 hour drive away from us but about 20 minutes from my SIL’s house. So we spent 2-3 weeks trying to get our schedules coordinated for when we...
I actually “started” this blog a few months ago but hadn’t written anything yet. My husband, though, apparently thinks I have plenty to write that people want to read. So if you are reading this, I guess he was right. So in future days I will be posting my thoughts about mommy-hood and my life. So thanks for reading and stay tuned!